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Eagles NFL draft options at No. 25: DT Christian Wilkins

Eagles NFL draft options at No. 25: DT Christian Wilkins

One of three Clemson defensive linemen who might go in the first round, Wilkins is probably the most likely candidate to end up in Philly. He's been a favorite of mine throughout this pre-draft process. 

He played 3-technique in college (but he can play 1-tech too) and is exactly the kind of get-up-the-field type of defensive tackle the Eagles seem to like in their 4-3 scheme. 

His sack numbers won’t blow you away, but he had very solid production as an interior rusher. He had 5 1/2 sacks in his senior season and 16 in his four-year college career. He had 14 TFLs in 2018. 

Aside from his athletic prowess is his ability as a leader. Even at the combine, he spoke to reporters at length about his personality and leadership traits. He said he wanted prospective teams to know they’re not just getting a good football player, but are getting a high-character leader as well. 

Wilkins had a solid combine performance, but simply isn’t the athletic freak some others in this class are. Because of that, maybe there’s a chance he’s still on the board when the Eagles pick at 25. He ran the 40 in 5.04 and put up 28 reps on the bench. If he's not there at 25, he's a clear trade-up candidate. 

The one negative about Wilkins is he’s already 23 years old. The Eagles’ first-round pick from 2017, Derek Barnett, won’t turn 23 until June and he has already played two NFL seasons. 

Current roster at DT: The Eagles have Fletcher Cox and Malik Jackson as starters. Their top backups are Treyvon Hester and Bruce Hector. 

How he would fit: Wilkins would come in as a rotational player. Cox and Jackson would start, but he’d be the first guy off the bench in a pretty important role. Eventually, he would likely take over as a starter. 

Eagles history at DT in draft: The last time the Eagles used a first-round pick on a defensive tackle was in 2012, when they took Cox at No. 12. That has worked out. The Eagles have drafted six DTs in the first round: Cox, Brodrick Bunkley, Mike Patterson, Corey Simon, Leonard Renfro, Jerome Brown. 

Since the 2012 draft, the Eagles have taken three interior defensive linemen: Bennie Logan in the third round back in 2013, Beau Allen in the seventh round in 2014 and Elijah Qualls in the sixth round in 2017. 

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Donovan McNabb aims to further clarify his comments about Carson Wentz

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Donovan McNabb aims to further clarify his comments about Carson Wentz

It’s 2019 and somehow Donovan McNabb is owning headlines in Philadelphia.

The Eagles’ former franchise quarterback sent out a series of tweets on Monday afternoon, attempting to further clarify his critical comments about Carson Wentz from this past weekend. 

On Saturday, McNabb was on a CBS radio show and was asked about Wentz. He said if Wentz doesn’t get out of the second round of the playoffs in the next two years, the Eagles should draft another quarterback.

Then Lane Johnson, never shy with his opinions, chimed in. He called McNabb a snake with emojis and then further explained his problem with McNabb’s comments.

Now, McNabb has responded again:

The last tweet nails the root of the problem with McNabb’s comments. 

If some talking head on a national network said these things, we would have already moved on. Heck, we probably wouldn’t have even cared. But this is McNabb. I normally want everyone to speak the truth and give honest opinions, so this might seem highly hypocritical, but in this case, McNabb can’t be this oblivious to how his comments were going to be seen. 

McNabb has to be more self-aware than this. He has to know that when he says something about the Eagles’ franchise quarterback, he’s not saying it as a talking head; he’s saying it as the Eagles’ former franchise quarterback. 

And there’s already a perception — plenty of it earned — that McNabb has passive-aggressive tendencies, that he still feels he was mistreated during his time in Philadelphia, which has seemingly left a bitter taste in his mouth. Now, all he’s doing is perpetuating those perceptions and thrusting himself into the spotlight 10 years after he played his final snap with the Eagles. 

It’s a shame these things seem to keep happening because McNabb is an all-time great Eagle. Maybe it’s unfair he’s being persecuted for giving an opinion that was asked of him. But there’s going to be a spotlight on any comments he makes about Wentz. Either he didn’t realize that, which would be a huge oversight, or he didn’t care. 

I’m not sure which one is worse. 

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Eagle Eye Podcast: Donovan being Donovan; it's draft week!

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Eagle Eye Podcast: Donovan being Donovan; it's draft week!

On this edition of Eagle Eye, Reuben Frank and Dave Zangaro react to Donovan McNabb's latest comments on Carson Wentz. It's surprising how unaware McNabb continues to be.

It's draft week! The guys do a mock draft roundup trying to predict what the Eagles will do with the first pick. Also, who were some of the best and worst draft picks in team history?

0:30 - It's draft week!
3:00 - Donovan McNabb speaks out again.
9:00 - How will McNabb be remembered in the future?
16:00 - Any chance he makes the Hall of Fame?
20:00 - First-round mock draft roundup.
23:00 - Roob unfollows someone on Twitter.
33:00 - Latest session with Howie Roseman and Joe Douglas.
41:00 - Underrated great team draft picks.
47:00 - Draft picks that didn't quite work out.

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